Wednesday, June 9, 2010

At The Crossroads

Crossroads of my training world

Ominous title? Not really.

I went on a Garmin data analysis bender this evening and upon review of the various charts and graphs, I realized that I pass through this intersection on almost every run and ride I do. Plus it also happens to be the place where trail access for the Bolsa Chica wetlands is located. So I declare this spot as my training epicenter. It's where Warner Avenue meets Pacific Coast Highway.

Conveniently, there is a great Mexican restaurant and sushi bar here too.

Sorry I just wasted time you'll never get back with the above drivel. But wait, there's more...

The Haiku that everyone have been leaving are great. I was a little worried that the guys would not take part in fear that their man card would be debited for writing a poem. But apparently they all realized that Ninjas probably wrote Haiku before going off to battle so everything is cool.

If you missed yesterday's post, you may have no idea what I'm talking about. So here's the deal - I am running a granola and breakfast cookie give away in conjunction with Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods. Essentially, all you need to do is comment with a Haiku and you'll entered to win some baked goodness. The details are here.

Speaking of food related give aways, both Kovas at Midwest MultiSport Life and Rad Runner at Rad Runner are also doing contests at the moment. Please check them out, as both are awesome. Kovas has heart smart cookbooks from CanolaInfo and Rad Runner has vegan cookies from the Alternative Baking Company.

Alternative Baking Company's cookies at my local juice bar. These things are incredible. That's a sweet hook-up, Rad Runner...

I'm a couple articles into my new position as the Triathlon Examiner for the's Los Angeles edition. Though I need to get out there and report on some local local news, I want to periodically write profiles on the every-day athletes like ourselves. If you are from the LA area, cool. If you aren't, that's cool too. Personally, I think the profiles will be interesting and newsworthy because we are truly the backbone of the sport. If anyone is interested in being interviewed for this, hit me up at 17281posse (at)

Since I've been back from Vancouver, I've been hitting the training pretty hard. That said, I'm a little annoyed that my available training time comes in hour to hour and a half blocks. For running and swimming it works out OK, but I feel like I should be riding longer. But I do what I can do and the last 5 days have been great.

I just found out I need to go back to Vancouver again next week, but I think it might just be for a night. That would be great because my next race is the San Diego International Triathlon on the 27th and I feel like I could use some pretty intense training next week so I can taper the following.

That's it for now...


Matty O said...

Hey Patrick! Just received the shirt the other day, THANKS!

When I got married, I gave up rights to my man card hahah!

I hear you about training, sometimes life gets in the way haha. Hang in there and remember its quality, not quantity at times.

Jennifer said...

You are so busy! Make sure you get your time in the for the International, it will be great fun I am sure. Cheers and have a great week!

KovasP said...

Nice literal and figurative crossroads, Patrick. I'm always amazed by how much you have going on!

Emz said...

love the "crossroads" photo.


Love it.

Regina said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on my 'shit eating grin'..ha! It was really nice, thanks.

I envy you in CA, my sis lives there. I swear I am moving there one day soon, you have been warned!

Aimee said...

I think it's so cool that you write for the Triathlon examiner! That must be a pretty fun job!

I like how you declared a spot your "training epicenter." I have one of those too near my house! I may have to steal your phrase! :)

Barbie said...

Great post Patrick. I moust be the only female who does not feel comfortable writing a poem. so I choose to opt out of this comp. Goodluck to whoever wins.

With how busy your life is, you are doing exceptionally well to even get a bit of exercise in. Keep it up.

As for being interviewed - how does interviewing an Aussie sound?

DRog said...

Nice job on the training, lookin forward to your links to your Tri articles. I just map'd that the coast and SoCal very Envious! I was not comfortable writing a poem until you mentioned the Ninjas....haha LOL!

Caratunk Girl said...

I need to get on that Haiku!! DAH! I meant to post about that contest too on my blog but it was like 4am and I had to leave for work and was just typing as fast as I could...sorry, I will get it next time!

Looking forward to the links, and great job on the training!

Chris K said...

Hi Patrick, thanks for stopping by my Blog. I've only been doing it for a month, but already love the connections that I am making. I am now a follower here. Thank you for writing in BIG FONT for old guys like me. No, seriously, I just bought my first pair of reading glasses.

Rad Runner said...

Hola' wh' wha' I ran to that J in th B they were nice and gave me water when I forgot my bottle.. I was running to the nearby 24 H. Fitness to meet my man, while I was self training myself for my first half...

I plan on running past this very J in the B while I train for my first full!

There is some great training area to be had, right at out fingertips! I love it!

Rad Runner said...

P.S. thanks for the shout out!

Kathleen said...

Though still a couple of weeks away, I don't think it is to early to wish you good luck at your race. Best of luck!


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